Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 17477

Iron County (Utah). Probate Court Minutes

Dates: 1853-1870.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

In 1852 the Territorial Legislature defined the powers of county probate courts. In addition to traditional jurisdiction in the probate of wills, the administration of estates of deceased persons, the guardianship of minors, idiots, and insane persons, the Legislature gave Utah probate courts power to exercise original jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases (Laws of Utah, Chapter 42, 1852). The minutes of the Iron County Court describe the proceedings of that court and the cases it heard. They tell when the court met and adjourned, name the judge and indicate action taken or judgments made. The Iron County Probate Court handled criminal cases, probate, divorces, naturalization, and other civil matters. In 1869 the Territorial Legislature directed county probate courts to adjudicate ownership of town site lots in surveyed towns on the public domain.


Chronological by date.

Research Note

Many pages of Iron County Probate Court minutes are too faded to read.

Related Records

Probate record books from the District Court (Fifth District : Iron County), Series 1124, contain probate cases handled by Iron County Probate Court beginning in 1870 and ongoing through the transfer of jurisdiction to Fifth District Court: Iron County.

Land certificates (Parowan) from Iron County (Utah). Probate Court, Series 23642, were issued by the Probate Court beginning in 1872 when the court began adjudicating ownership of town site lots.

Minutes from Iron County (Utah). County Commission, Series 83747, also include the earliest minutes for the Iron County Probate Court.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Gaps in Series

The whereabouts or existence of Iron County Probate Court minutes for 1869-1887 is not known.

Processing Note

Iron County Probate Court minutes were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 1966 and processed by Rosemary Cundiff in April 2002.

Indexing Terms

  • Divorce suits--Iron County (Utah).
  • Probate--Cases--Iron County (Utah).
  • Land titles--Registration and transfer--Iron County (Utah).
  • Real property--Iron County (Utah).
  • Iron County (Utah)--Criminal courts.
  • Iron County (Utah)--Recording and registration.
  • Iron County (Utah)--Actions and defenses--Cases.

Container List

1 N/A p. 1-19
1 N/A County Court minutes p. 1
1 N/A p. 20-31
1 N/A County Court minutes p. 2-103
pending 1 County Court Book B